A Dreaming Space

The appearance of Lizard is a reminder to create a space for dreaming. In her book, "Visioning Ten Steps to Designing the Life of your Dreams", Lucia Capacchione talks about setting up a creativity gym, a place to exercise your imagination and vision. Dedicating a specific area can pose problems but as Capacchione points out, … Continue reading A Dreaming Space

Potential for Self Knowledge

Lizard is letting you know that it is time to take do an internal audit. Are you coming from your heart? Be aware – simply because the ego is the master of deception and you will often have to peel back many layers to get at the truth – and to discover what your heart is … Continue reading Potential for Self Knowledge

The Advantages of Playing Dead

Over 52 weeks I will be learning all about how to live and work creatively. My teachers are Aussie birds and animals. It is week four and the creative force has produced the Possum to build on the lessons that Australian birds, animals and habitat are initiating. This morning when I was out with the dogs, … Continue reading The Advantages of Playing Dead

Go Coddiwompling

Over 52 weeks I will be learning all about how to live and work creatively. My teachers are Aussie birds and animals. It is week three and the creative force has produced the Musk Lorikeet to build on the lessons that Australian birds, animals and habitat are initiating. Musk Lorikeets are endemic to (only found … Continue reading Go Coddiwompling

Tarot Story Starters

Sometimes, when I need fuel injected creativity, I turn to a Tarot deck. This deck is far from complete, but there are some stories lying behind my version of the Tarot. 2010 was a traumatic year for me so there were many swords appearing in my drawings. Heather Blakey Pencil Drawings 2010

Stones Record Family Losses

In the first few years of the colony, mortality was very high, but the common childhood infections were absent until the 1830s. From the 1880s, there was a sustained decline in mortality from communicable diseases, and therefore in aggregate mortality, while maternal mortality remained high. Some details included with photos.

Akari Writes Her Own Adventures

I am sure you remember the Choose Your Own Adventure books, where you’re chased by a tiger.  You can escape it by leaping into the ocean 50 feet below (go to page 48) or face the tiger with your homemade slingshot (go to page 128). Akari (my Mazda 3) loves driving through roads with avenues … Continue reading Akari Writes Her Own Adventures

Faded Central Victorian Beauty

"Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.... -Audrey Hepburn I beg to differ... there are many beauties..... such as... Fading Victoria

Honouring The Pioneers

Henry Lawson's The Drover's Wife is an Australian classic that depicts life for the early Australian pioneers. McCubbin’s monumental painting The pioneer reflects the self-conscious nationalism of the years immediately following Federation. Each panel is ‘read’ to link the progress of toil on this land across time. The first panel shows a pioneering couple in … Continue reading Honouring The Pioneers

Cemetery Exploring With Akari

Workers and players have earned their repose. Soon on their names all in vain we shall call, For even the grandest old landmarks must fall. Just a warm hand-clasp ere one disappears--- These are the last of the old pioneers. John Sandes Turn off the Castlemaine to Maldon road onto the gravel Sandy Creek road … Continue reading Cemetery Exploring With Akari

The Etcher’s Secret

Last night, or maybe it was early this morning, Jack Frost, the master etcher, made an ice etching for me, leaving it, for me to find, in a metal bucket on my deck. "All who see it are astounded and think it must be the work of spirits". In awe I  asked the master etcher … Continue reading The Etcher’s Secret

The Past Dwells Here

An entire past comes to dwell here! Gaston Bachelard 'Poetics of Space' In the summer of 2011, on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on Scotland's west coast, excavations revealed the only known Viking boat burial to be excavated on the British mainland in modern times. The vessel survived in the form of more than 200 rivets, many … Continue reading The Past Dwells Here

Interpreting Spaces

In an age of so much homogenised space, so much shoddy, cramped, dimly lit, low ceilinged space, these resting places offer a fresh way of interpreting and understanding space. In an era suffused by television and video games, fluorescent lighting and plastic floors, air conditioning and badly built houses these memorials demonstrate the poetry of space … Continue reading Interpreting Spaces

Waltz With Matilda

Inexplicably, driving with Akari out to Moliagul, photographing an old thunder box (outdoor toilet) and a long abandoned house, filled me with the urge to wander further with my dogs sniff mapping. It made me think of swagmen and the much loved Waltzing Matilda. Once a jolly swagman camped by a Billabong Under the shade … Continue reading Waltz With Matilda

Mail Box Spotting and Front Yard Art

"The mailman, if he's extra tired, would pass them in his sleep, It's safest to address the note to 'Care of Conroy's sheep', For five and twenty thousand head can scarcely go astray, You write to 'Care of Conroy's sheep along the Castlereagh'." A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson, "The Travelling Post Office" The Bulletin, 10 March 1894 … Continue reading Mail Box Spotting and Front Yard Art